Captured al-Qaeda Honcho Being Held on Navy Ship
Months of questioning lie ahead for Libyan suspect
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2013 12:12 AM CDT
Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa, was arrested in the Libyan capital.   (AP Photo/FBI)
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(Newser) – Looks like boats are the new Guantanamo Bay: The Libyan al-Qaeda leader captured by American special forces on the weekend is being held on a Navy ship for interrogation and will probably next see land when he is sent to New York City for prosecution, the New York Times reports. Officials say Abu Anas al-Libi, believed to have been one of the masterminds between the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, is likely to receive the same treatment as a Somali terror suspect who was held and interrogated on a Navy ship for two months after his capture in 2011, without being read his rights or provided with a lawyer.

Abu Anas—a computer expert believed to have a huge amount of information on al-Qaeda's activities over the last 20 years—is "currently lawfully detained under the law of war in a secure location outside of Libya," the Pentagon says. He was indicted by a New York court in 2000 in connection with the embassy attacks. The raid that captured him outside his Tripoli home appears to have come as a surprise to Libyan authorities, who say the government is "keen on prosecuting any Libyan citizen inside Libya" and has asked the US "for clarification on this matter," reports the BBC.
 

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